Fresh off a season in which he scored eight goals in 31 appearances for Genoa, Eldor Shomurodov has been a surprising addition to Roma’s 2021 transfer campaign, their first with Jose Mourinho on the touchline. Although Shomurdov’s physical gifts are evident, his resume was a little light on goals, which tends to be a problem for strikers, especially those signed for nearly €18million and with contracts from five years.
However, in football, as in life, sometimes you have to take calculated bets. With his pace, power and aggression, Shomurdov had the seeds of a top footballer in him; he just needed proper care and cultivation to fulfill his potential. Perhaps Mourinho and Pinto felt that with a year under the watchful eye of The Special One and playing alongside a better supporting cast, Shomurodov would become a legitimate weapon for the Giallorossi.
While his figures per 90 minutes were decent, Shomurodov was buried on the depth chart, managing just 784 league minutes last year, scoring three goals and providing four assists along the way. And with the club arming themselves for a Champions League pursuit this year – improving in almost every position – Shomurodov may not be around to enjoy the fruits of Roma’s labor.
According to transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio, Roma and Bologna are closing in on a loan deal which would see the 26-year-old striker move to Stadio Renato Dall’Ara next season. Although Di Marzio won’t dive headlong into the details, Shomurdov will likely move to Bologna on a one-year loan with an option to buy, with the two parties potentially completing the deal by Monday morning.
Of course, with the departure of a striker, Roma suddenly find themselves in need of a new striker to support (and potentially partner with) Tammy Abraham…